The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #61609   Message #3726517
Posted By: Snuffy
27-Jul-15 - 12:37 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Maggie May (from A. L. Lloyd)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Maggie May (from A. L. Lloyd)
Another factor weighing against an 1830 date is that the Liverpool Sailors' Home, in Canning Place, did not open until 1850.

A date in the 1880's is indicated for versions with the line "I had to pawn my suit, my John L's and my boots". The prizefighter John L Sullivan gave his name to "Long Johns" or "John L's", but as he wasn't born until 1859, he didn't become really famous until after 1880. (But that could conceivably be a later addition to a pre-existing song).